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Take it slow at the AGO

April 1st, 2019

Jean-Léon Gérôme. The Antique Pottery Painter: Sculpturae vitam insufflat pictura, 1893. Oil on canvas, Overall: 50.1 x 68.8 cm. Gift from the Junior Women’s Committee Fund, 1969. © Art Gallery of Ontario 69/31

With all the stress and chaos of modern life, it can be hard to find time to slow down, relax and connect with your inner art lover. We can help. Join us on Saturday, April 6 for Slow Art Day at the AGO.

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The big picture behind Impressionism

April 1st, 2019

Claude Monet, Les déchargeurs de charbon, 1875. Oil on canvas, 55 x 66 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY. Photo: Patrice Schmidt

Did you miss our sold-out Curator’s Talk about Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more? Catch it here, and watch as the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Caroline Shields (the AGO’s Assistant Curator of European Art), reveals the fascinating stories hidden within the art.

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Clay, slay and play

April 1st, 2019

Hands building a skateboard
Image by the AGO

The AGO has lots of creative offerings for youth between the ages of 14 and 25. Whether you’re interested in making your own skateboard, want to learn to disco step or to create with clay, there’s something for you at FREE After Three. Oasis Skateboard Factory, House dance crew Warehouse Jacks and artist Ness Lee present some incredible youth workshops for the spring season that we can’t wait for you to try. Oh – and it if wasn’t obvious already – it’s all free!

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Is Toronto a liveable city? Let’s talk.

April 1st, 2019

Black and white photo of Toronto skyline.
Image © AGO

Our latest major exhibition, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, takes you to a rapidly changing Paris in the late 1800s when new buildings and technologies transformed the Parisian way of life forever. Sound familiar? Torontonians can relate. Our modern-day city is undergoing a similar transformation, with older buildings being demolished and new ones popping up in their place. Along with the changing skyline, we’re seeing rising rents, crowded commutes and an ever-changing labour market – prompting us to ask the question: is Toronto a liveable city?

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A night at the museum!

March 25th, 2019

Ariel Legaspi taken in Yayoi Kasuma’s Obliteration Room.

Twenty-six year-old Ariel Legaspi was one of the first people to donate to our #InfinityAGO crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to him, over 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors and the generosity of the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, Yayoi Kusama’s INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER is now a part of the AGO Collection (opening to the public on May 25). Legaspi is also the lucky winner of our contest for early donors to win a sleepover at the AGO for himself and five friends.

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Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

March 25th, 2019

Installation view, Construction of the Eiffel Tower by Theophile Feau, April 1888 to April 1889.

Standing tall over the skyline of Paris, the Eiffel Tower turns 130 years old on March 31. What better way to celebrate its anniversary than with a visit to the AGO for Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more? Come see the paintings, photographs and films that showcase the early years of the iconic landmark.

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The mystery of Gershon Iskowitz

March 25th, 2019

Unknown, Gershon Iskowitz with painting design for a limited edition Art Gallery of Ontario umbrella, 1986, Gershon Iskowitz Fonds, E.P. Taylor Library and Archives.

Polish-Canadian artist Gershon Iskowitz’s life story is a compelling one of survival, revitalization and artistic success. Through his works and well-documented life, we have a lens into his experiences: including the trauma of the Holocaust, the loss of his family, and immigrating and adapting to Canada. But between 1946 and 1956 – crucial years in his life – Iskowitz kept only two official records and few photographs, leaving a gap in his history. With help from art historian and author Dr. Ihor Holubizky and the AGO archives, we may be on our way to solving the mystery.

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ICYMI: Where do you get your news?

March 25th, 2019

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Enough about us – we want to hear from you!

We love sharing with you about art, programs and more happening at the AGO, but we’re keen to know where you, dear AGOinsider reader, get your news. Share your thoughts and be entered to win one of three $100 AGO gift cards, which can be used for admission, a meal at AGO Bistro or something special in shopAGO. It only takes a few minutes and if you fill out the entire thing, your chances of winning are high!

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Last call for Mickalene Thomas

March 18th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

“Mickalene Thomas is a badass,” according to Canadian Art magazine. Featuring larger-than-life portraits of Black women, this bold and empowering exhibition is not to be missed. But time is running out! Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires closes this Sunday, March 24 before travelling to New Orleans in the fall.

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Resistance and revolution

March 18th, 2019

An older and a younger man talk outside
Haile Gerima, Harvest: 3,000 Years (film still), 1976, black and white, sound.

In the 1970s, filmmaker Haile Gerima was part of a revolution. As a leading member of a group of film students in Los Angeles known as the L.A. Rebellion, Gerima – along with Charles Burnett and Julie Dash – resisted mainstream trends in order to tell stories about Black lives from the perspective of Black characters. To celebrate Gerima’s filmmaking legacy, the AGO screens his first feature Harvest: 3,000 Years, on March 22 as part of a city-wide retrospective presented together with The Power Plant, Hot Docs Cinema and TIFF.

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